Crawford defeats Molina by TKO, remains unbeaten

Crawford defeats Molina by TKO, remains unbeaten
Posted at 11:14 PM, Dec 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-11 00:14:41-05

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Unbeaten world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford stopped John Molina in the eighth round to end a dominating performance Saturday night.

Crawford retained his WBO and WBC junior welterweight titles. Molina didn't make the 140-pound weight Friday, and had Crawford been upset, the titles would have been vacated.

Crawford was in control all the way and finished off Molina moments after Molina raised his hands as if to ask for more as the champion landed a flurry of punches. A shot to the midsection backed Molina into the corner, and Crawford then unloaded repeated shots to the head and body, causing Molina to go down. Referee Mark Nelson stepped in to stop the fight at the 2:32 mark.

In the co-main event, former world title contender Ray Beltran knocked out Mason Menard 51 seconds into the seventh round to win a pair of regional lightweight titles.